Oz brings in cam­eras to trap driv­ers on phones

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MO­BILE phone de­tec­tion cam­eras were in­tro­duced in Aus­tralia yes­ter­day in a bid to cut road deaths by a third in two years.

The scheme – one of the first in the world – in­volves ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence cam­eras op­er­at­ing 24 hours a day to check if driv­ers are han­dling a phone in New South Wales, the state in­clud­ing the cap­i­tal Syd­ney.

So far this year 329 peo­ple have died on roads in the state, com­pared with 354 in 2018.

Po­lice chief Michael Cor­boy said of the new scheme: ‘It’s a sys­tem to change the cul­ture.’

For the first three months, of­fend­ing driv­ers will be is­sued warn­ing let­ters.

Af­ter that, the penalty will be a £180 fine – £240 in a school zone – and penalty points.

Mak­ing or re­ceiv­ing hands­free voice calls in New South Wales is le­gal. All other func­tions, such as tak­ing photos, video call­ing and us­ing so­cial me­dia are banned.

Hol­land launched a sim­i­lar cam­era sys­tem in Oc­to­ber, fin­ing driv­ers £200. Last month UK trans­port chiefs said they were car­ry­ing out ‘some very early trial work on tech­nol­ogy to de­tect mo­bile phone us­age on the strate­gic road network’.

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